Best Places To Eat In Miami Gardens

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By: Shayne Benowitz

When it comes to dining out in Miami Gardens, the area is flush with incredible Caribbean and soul food restaurants that bring a taste of the islands to Miami. It’s also home to entertainment complexes like Topgolf and Calder Casino with delicious dining options to go with the fun. Here’s your guide to the best places to eat in Miami Gardens.

Arline’s Restaurant & Seafood

This no fuss Caribbean soul food diner is a favorite amongst Miami Gardens locals for its seriously delicious down-home cooking and seafood. Choose from fried conch, shrimp, snapper, grouper or catfish dressed up with pigeon peas and rice, fried okra, macaroni and cheese or collard greens. Arline's Restaurant & Seafood also has an entire section of the menu dedicated to chicken and waffles. At lunchtime, they serve a selection of BBQ or fried chicken and pork chops. Whatever you do, be sure to save room for a slice of the sweet potato pie or pound cake for dessert. 2770 NW 167th St., Miami Gardens, FL 33054

Yarumba's Thai Snapper
Enjoy Dominican food at Yarumba's

Yarumba Restaurant & Lounge

There is a wealth of Latin Caribbean cuisine across Miami and Yarumba is the place in Miami Gardens to go for Dominican fare—with a side of fiesta! Think, churrasco skirt steak, traditional stews, creole and mofongo dishes. On the weekends, the atmosphere becomes lively late night with live music and Latin DJs and Thursday night is karaoke night! 4740 NW 167th St., Miami Gardens, FL 33014

Lorna’s Caribbean & American Grill

Head to Lorna’s for authentic flavors of the Caribbean, specifically Jamaica and the Bahamas. This fast-casual spot is the place to go when you’re craving jerk chicken. They also specialize in curried chicken, goat, stewed beef, oxtail and fried chicken, as well as curried or fried fish, shrimp and conch. It’s all about the fresh, simmering spices and sauces here and entrees served with sides like French fries, rice and peas, plantains or string beans. It’s a true taste of the islands right here in Miami. 19752 NW 27th Ave., Miami Gardens, FL 33056

Lovely's Chicken and Waffles
Try Lovely's Chicken and Waffles

Lovely’s On The Go

A take-out only restaurant in Miami Gardens, Lovely’s On The Go has a cult following for its creative, sumptuous preparations of Caribbean seafood and comfort food, along with some healthy options. The lobster burger is a delight with pieces of fried lobster, lettuce, tomato and onion sandwiched between a bun. You can’t go wrong with the chicken wings drizzled in Lovely’s special sweet sauce, grilled salmon or chicken and waffles. Vegetarian options include veggie stir-fries, platters and wraps.
1806 NW 183rd St., Miami Gardens, FL 33056

Pair your meal with some fun at Topgolf


For a little recreation with your meal, plan an outing to Topgolf, a high-tech driving range and entertainment complex in Miami Gardens. Here, the food is just as clutch as your golf swing. Reserve a day for an afternoon of golf and make your selections from their extensive menu for a custom catered party. Choose from a wide array of mouth-watering items to share, as well as salads, sandwiches, burgers and more. Their specialty cocktail, beer and wine lists are a mile long, too!
17321 NW 7th Ave., Miami Gardens, FL 33169

Calder Casino

Miami Gardens is also home to Calder Casino for all of your gaming fun. They’ve got slots, table games and a Players Club. It’s also a destination for concerts, entertainment and dining. Choose from Lucky’s, Center Bar or the buffet. Lucky’s specializes in burgers and pizza. Center Bar is in the middle of the casino floor where you can indulge in cocktails and beer along with wings and sandwiches. Perhaps best of all, the buffet features all-you-can-eat garden fresh salads, comfort food, classic buffet fare and tantalizing desserts. 21001 NW 27th Ave., Miami Gardens, FL 33056

The Licking

A favorite of music industry celebrities, The Licking is a Caribbean comfort food spot founded by music industry vet Elrich Prince of Poe Boy Music Group. It’s a favorite of DJ Khaled, Flo Rida, Diddy and Nas. Kylie Jenner has even been spotted there. So, what do they love so much about The Licking? The finger-licking good Caribbean comfort food with items like fried lobster, turkey wings, fried conch and seafood rice. The environment is casual, and the food is seriously delicious.
17647 NW 27th Ave., Miami Gardens, FL 33056

Hammond’s Bakery

Swing by family-owned Hammond’s Bakery in Miami Gardens for your fill of Jamaica patties and freshly baked Caribbean pastries. Made with flaky, buttery pastry dough, Jamaica patties are stuffed with your choice of beef, chicken, saltfish, veggies or ackee (a lychee-like fruit). Opt for their special and pair six patties with four pieces of coco bread, a sweet and starchy bread made with coconut milk. You can also take home delectable pastries and cakes like plantain tarts, guava and cheese pastries, cinnamon rolls, pineapple upside down cake and bread pudding.

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